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KCI air travel up 6 percent through first half of 2016

Passenger traffic at Kansas City International Airport is up 6 percent through the first half of 2016 compared with a year earlier, the city’s Aviation Department said Monday. The department reported that 5.3 million travelers arrived or departed through KCI in the first six months of this year.

Technology

Sprint talks about price increases as customer count and network improve

The company added 377,000 subscribers in the second quarter, including 173,000 of the most valuable phone customers. Moreover, the gains came at the expense of each of Sprint’s national rivals, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. CEO Marcelo Claure promises an end to the company’s long-running half-off rate plan promotion “in the not so distant future.”

Local

Pik-achoo! Don’t hunt Pokémon in area hospitals

Playing Pokémon Go, the smartphone app game that lets users hunt for the virtual creatures in the real world, poses a real risk to patients, visitors and employees, according to a memo sent to employees of University of Kansas Hospital. Other hospitals and health care centers agree.

Local

Cultivate Festival dishes out fare to Kansas City

Chipotle’s free all-day festival was held Saturday in Penn Valley, returning to Kansas City for a second year. The festival featured cooking demonstrations, live music, food exhibits, games and local food vendors. About 23,000 people attended the event in 2015. It was also held in Phoenix in April and will be in Miami in November.

Business

Judge orders brother of Leawood payday loan mogul Scott Tucker to surrender

A federal bankruptcy judge in Texas has ordered Joel Tucker, a businessman from Kansas City, to surrender to U.S. marshals in Houston by July 29. Marvin Isgur, a bankruptcy judge in Houston, wrote in an order that Tucker had failed to produce records of payday loan debts he allegedly sold to debt collection firms. Collectors now believe the portfolios are fraudulent.

Business

Russell Stover makes way for more snacks

Lindt & Sprüngli, the Swiss chocolate maker that bought Kansas City-based Russell Stover in 2014, reported half-year financial results on Friday. It said it is changing Russell Stover’s product line and promotions strategy.

Videos

Meet the neighbors: Sprint welcomes employees new to Kansas City with a party

Sprint has brought 100 families to the Kansas City area by hiring new employees from all over the world. On Saturday, they got a welcome party from CEO Marcelo Claure. "It gives me a chance to meet their families," he said. "I think Monday when we all come back to work, we're a happier family and we're all more energized."
Mark Davis The Kansas City Star
Meet the neighbors: Sprint welcomes employees new to Kansas City with a party 2:30

Meet the neighbors: Sprint welcomes employees new to Kansas City with a party

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Veolia plant goes 'green' in downtown Kansas City

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Kansas names director of drones

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Heart to Heart sends mobile medical unit to Republican National Convention